As a child I always was curious about a bear called Paddington who seemingly had a love for marmalade sandwiches and laugh at all the sticky situations that he got into. There was a house near my childhood home that used to dress up Paddington in different clothes and put him in their front window; we used to try to spot him every time we drove past, a fond memory. I used to wonder if he really did have a marmalade sandwich under his hat?
We have a regular farm box from Church Farm Ardeley (which I would highly recommend!). We buy all our meat, veg, fruit and eggs from them and it’s a great way to a support local business, reduce food miles in the supply chain for locally grown produce and eat really good quality food.
Last week we were delivered a bumper amount of oranges as part of our fruit order! As much as we enjoy them, we won’t get through all of them in a week so I decided to have a go and making some Paddington inspired marmalade. I did wonder if it would work or not as they weren’t Seville oranges but found this recipe on-line to and it looked quite straight forward:
What I like about marmalade is that it uses the whole orange and nothing is wasted. It’s good to be resourceful with what we have and a lesson to be learned on how to be mindful of this.
- 500g oranges
- 500g sugar
- 1 1/4 litres of water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Start by cutting the oranges in half and squeezing the juice. Put to one side.
- Scrape out the the rest of the white part of the the oranges as best as possible, keeping the pulp to one side
- Cut the oranges into tiny slithers called Julliens (I used scissors for this as it made it easier and quicker)
- Put the water in the pan with the juice from the orange, the orange juilliens and the lemon juice
- With the pulp put this in a muslin cloth, tie with some string and put in the pan. This will releases the pectin needed to help make the marmalade set.
- Bring to the boil and let simmer for 30 mins
- Remove the pouch of pulp, giving it a squeeze add the sugar and stir it until dissolved.
- Simmer for an hour until the mixture starts to thicken.
- After an hour, keep checking it every 5 mins to see if a little spoonful sets on a cold plate from the freezer.
- Leave to cool for 10 mins before pouring into sterilised jars and leaving to cool completely.
I was surprised by how this turned out, better than I expected for my first attempt! It did only yield 1 jar which felt like a lot of sticky mess and I thought it would have made more. Having said that, with more oranges it would make a lovely gift to sell for £3 at some point perhaps at a Christmas fair and would keep for a long time with a waxed disc.
Bonus too that the glass jar is reusable and I’ll be writing some more posts on other ways to gift a jar.
I would be hopeful that even Paddington would approve of my marmalade on a slice of homemade bread.